The Oakland Country Sheriff’s office apprehended two men that authorities are labelling absolute “cowards” after they viciously attacked a suburban Detroit man with cerebral palsy. The violent attack was captured on video by the men, who later had the arrogance to post the video to the Facebook page of their victim.
Authorities have placed Nikey Dashone Walker and Shadeed Dontae Bey under arrest following the Sunday morning attack at the 23-year-old victim’s apartment complex in Pontiac. After robbing the victim of his cell phone, the two men proceeded to beat the disabled man, record it with his own cell phone, and then later used information obtained from that phone to access its owner’s Facebook page and post the graphic video there.
In the video, the victim is seen cornered by the two African-American suspects and initially attempting to defend himself. However, he has cerebral palsy, and the brain damage affects muscle tone, posture, movement, and motor skills. He is quickly knocked to the concrete floor of his apartment building’s stairwell, and the attackers proceed to continuously kick him while shouting the “n” word and other profanities at the cowering man. Once the suspects finish brutally attacking the victim, they film him in the fetal position on the ground as they walk away.
Reportedly, the attackers also posted the video of their attack on the man with cerebral palsy to their own Facebook page. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard released a statement regarding the incident and praised his investigators for their quick work.
“Preying on those in our community who suffer from disabilities will not be tolerated and furthermore, to have the audacity to post their actions on the victim’s page is beyond belief. I am proud of the deputies at the Pontiac substation and the excellent investigative work that was completed in order to bring these two cowards to justice.”
The authorities did not release the name of the victim, but ABC News spoke to a man in the complex by the name of Frankie Santana, who stated he was the man attacked. Santana relayed that in addition to kicking and stomping on him, the men spit on him as well. Even though his eye was injured, he is thankful that “nothing is broke.”
It is reported that the men were inside the victim’s apartment when he arrived home, and after they stole his phone, he followed them out into the stairwell to confront them, despite his cerebral palsy disability. He also said that he had seen at least one of the men previously and suspected they must have snuck inside the complex.
“I crawled through the hallway and knocked on someone’s door and that’s how I got help.”
The two 20-year-old suspects were arraigned on Tuesday, and according to the Detroit Free Press, both Nikey Dashone Walker and Shadeed Dontae Bey are residents of Pontiac with prior arrest records. Walker has previously been convicted for auto theft, and Bey has a longer criminal record with charges for trespassing, larceny, possession of stolen goods, a drug charge, and resisting an officer.
After their current assault on the man with cerebral palsy, the charges against the two men will be home invasion, unarmed robbery, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. Judge Michael Martinez ordered them held on $25,000 cash bonds each, and a court date of December 8 has been set. If they are convicted, they could be sent to prison for up to 10 years.
The police stated that the deputies responded to a caller reporting that an injured man was lying in front of the building and arrived at the Phoenix Place Apartments at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. The suspects were located and arrested just a few hours after the attack.
[Photo Courtesy of Oakland County Sheriff’s office]